Memphis EMB Hotel
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Right choice if you can catch a special deal
My girlfriend and I have stayed at the Gresham Memphis for three nights in August 2005. This 4* hotel visited mainly by tourists is not located in the city centre but in a quiet residential area within 10 minutes walking distance or a short tram ride to the museum square. To get to the city centre and the railway station you need to take tram 16 from stop Emmastraat (walking distance 3 minutes, travel time 15 minutes). There are as well several bus lines linking this station with Leidseplein. You may as well take tram 2 to city centre and central station via Leidseplein which leaves from another station nearby.
We chose this hotel mainly because of the price. We got a great deal from a booking site for 80 EUR per double room per night including buffet breakfast and all taxes. We were actually looking for a three star hotel but finally chose the Gresham because the deal was cheaper than most 4*, 3* and even 2* hotels. I recommend staying at this hotel only if you can get such a deal because their rack rates are much higher. So be sure to check several booking sites for their conditions (we booked at a site which first seemed to be the official hotel website but actually was run by a hotel booking company).
We arrived before check in time (check in time is 14:00 pm) and because our room was not ready yet, we were offered storage of the luggage free of charge. The luggage was later delivered to our room by hotel staff. Storage was also possible on the day of departure (check out time is 12:00 am).
The clean and bright room had a spacious double bed, a desk, aircon, central heating, telephone, minibar, trouser press and a TV with interactive pay channels. Internet access was possible trough the TV (wireless keyboard), WIFI and a LAN adaptor. The room may not be called huge but the size was just ok, not as small as other hotels in Amsterdam. The spacious bathroom featured a bathtub with shower. Hairdryer, towels, soap, shampoo, shower gel and body lotion were provided. Our hotel room did not seem to be recently renovated, because it did not feature the latest design as shown on their website and some furnishings showed defects (e.g. water tap was a little leaking, scratches on desk). Maybe you don't get the best rooms with the lowest rates, but still it was a nice room (especially for this price). Internet access and minibar are as in most hotels very expensive (6 EUR per hour internet, 4 EUR small can of beer). There is only limited space to store additional stuff in the minibar.
The buffet breakfast was included in our deal, but not on most of the other booking sites. It normally costs 17,50 EUR p.p. per day and has a good choice, but still may not suite everybody's taste. In my opinion the buffet is a great start into the day but not at all worth the 17,50 EUR. So if it's not included in your rate, go and eat elsewhere. I did not see breakfast restaurants nearby, but numerous possibilities can be found in the city centre. You may as well have breakfast in the hotel room but that costs 5 EUR extra (as every order placed with the room service).
There is as well a bar and a small lobby which are nicely and modern furnished, but I have never had a drink or snack there. The hotel does not have a swimming pool but features a fitness suite free of charge.
I strongly recommend to take your booking confirmation with you. The reason for this is that during check in hotel staff told me that breakfast was not included although it should be and as well told me on departure I had to pay the city tax (5% of the room rate for the whole stay) although my booking confirmation stated that "all taxes" were included. I do not say that this was done on purpose but may be as well coincidence or caused by problems with the booking site. In both cases hotel staff was very friendly and solved the problem. In the first case they were able to check in their computer system and in the second case I was able to proof with my booking confirmation.
One of the previous review writers has written about an overbooking experience. We did not have this experience personally but when we picked up our baggage on departure one guest had the same problem. They told him they did not have his reservation in the system and he was told that this was probably caused because he forgot to close the booking site after the booking process (???). They only offered him to book another hotel because the Gresham was fully booked. It may be that there really are problems with the booking process, but to me it seems that overbooking is common practice and it is first come, first served (it was 5:30 pm).
I do recommend this hotel if you can get a VERY good deal, want to be in a quiet surrounding and do not mind spending some time on the tram. But be sure to check in early and be able to proof what you have paid for! I do not recommend this hotel if you want to be in the heart of the city or if traveling by car, because there is no free parking space.
Good at half the price
Enjoyed our stay here at reduced rate. Caught Connexxions bus from Schiphol Airport for €11pp, one-way, takes about 15-20 minutes.
Our reservation didn't include breakfast, and as other people mentioned here we weren't too happy at the thought of paying €17.50 each for a buffet. So, we found a couple of nearby cafes that served breakfast on the Cornelis Schuyt Str. (out of hotel turn left, cross main road and keep going along Cornelis Schuyt). On that street there is a selection of shops including a fruit and vegatable shop, an organic shop, tobacconist etc. at the end of it, there is a tram stop for the No. 2 tram which is handy for going into town etc. Also at the end are two cafes, where you can get a simple breakfast for under €10 each, including coffees etc. Also noticed an Italian restaurant on the street which might be a place for dinner if you want to eat near the hotel.
Walking to the Concertgebouw takes about 10 minutes. Van Gogh museum a few minutes more.
The hotel itself is very comfortable; our room was large and had a view of the street below. I would recommend staying here, since it is slightly away from the busy parts, and in a nice area - yet it isn't too hard to get to town on the tram.
Perfect Oasis in the Middle of the Madness
After a hard day of fun in crazy Amsterdam, what a wonderful release to come home to this quiet oasis of calm called the Gresham Memphis Hotel. The neighborhood is relaxed (but by no means dead) with good shops and restaurants -- and with the world's best concert hall, the Concertgebouw just a few blocks away. The Rijksmuseum and the superlative Van Gogh museum are only two more blocks away from that! Plus two trams, #16 and #2, get you into Dam Square in eight minutes! The staff at the hotel we found to be helpful and friendly. They served a very ample breakfast every morning. Just don't eat dinner at their cafe--that was pretty pathetic. Our room was elegant with high-ceilings, very regal matching drapes and bedspread and with a very pleasant view. We would come back to this hotel in a heartbeat.
A Clean, Quiet Place
My husband and I have just reurned from a four-night stay at the Gresham-Memphis. It's definitely not a hotel for the younger crowd....more for us middle-aged people who like spacious rooms with our amenities and lots of quiet.
The rooms are nicely furnished, and appear to have been recently painted. The double bed was comfortable with more than enough covers. Nice thick carpet. Great heat. (This is important. It was really cold in Amsterdam last week!) There's a mini-bar with over-priced drinks, which is normal, but you can buy drinks and cheeses at the supermarket near the Rijksmuseum and have a place to keep them cold.
The bath is great. Good water pressure with lots of hot water. Very modern. The maid changed the towels everyday and gave us a new round of shampoo, shower gel, soap, etc.
The staff is very helpful and friendly. We decided to go to Bruges by train, and the young woman at the desk found out all of te info. we needed. She also took care of contacting the Schiphol Airport Connexion when we needed to get our flight back home.
We made oour reservations through the Internet and breakfast was included for 335''''''''' for the four nights. Try to find a site that will do this, or get your travel agent on it. There really isn't any place to have breakfast in this extremely residential neighborhood, and even though the buffet is more than adequate, you really don't want to pay 17.50''''''''' for it.
One other thing. The hotel is a ten-minute walk from the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum, but too far from downtown to walk. My husband and I are walkers; we did the walk from downtown one night, and it took close to an hour. The tram service is great; the #16 which goes to the center stops in the door almost.
The location of the hotel is no big deal when you realize what you're getting for the price. It's a bargain. Anyone would be happy at the Memphis....if they're over 35.
I stayed in the Gresham Memphis with my boyfriend last October as part of a surprise trip for his birthday. We both thought it was a lovely hotel, the staff were very polite and helpful. It is a little bit away from the main part of the city, but with the trams being very near it wasn't really an issue. We were there for two nights and on the second night we asked Reception to recommend a nice Italian restaurant. They directed us to one just 2 minutes walk from the hotel and oh my god it was fantastic! We still cannot stop talking about it! And it was really cheap too.
The hotel is also serviced by the Airport bus as well as the trams which is really convenient.
I would definately recommend this hotel
Clean, solid, old fashioned
Finding clean quiet budget accommodation in Amsterdam is a challenge, and having heard horror stories I decided to pay more than necessary to secure something decent. Even with a discount this hotel definitely isn't budget. But it is clean, quiet and solidly respectable. Crisp white sheets and good heating. Good bathrooms. Thick towels. Dark brown wood everywhere. It's very much a widows and travelling salesman kind of place, and you certainly won't encounter anyone remotely young or funky. Think mid-Western America transported to early 1960s Amsterdam. It's not really convenient if you're doing sightseeing: you need to get a taxi at night and a tram by day to anywhere central. For the price, I found the breakfast annoying: it makes little allowances for the tastes of overseas travellers: if you want cereal you have to eat it out of a ridiculously sized bowl the size of half a saucer. All that said, I'd definitely stay there again if I couldn't find somewhere as clean and quiet but more central for the same price.
Recommended If You Can Get a Good Deal!
My wife and I stayed at the Memphis-Gresham Hotel in Amsterdam in December 2003. We booked over the internet, getting a good deal: 220 Euros for three nights, or about 73 Euros per night, not including breakfast or 5% city tax. If you have travelled to Amsterdam before, you will know that this is relatively inexpensive, particularly for a three star quality hotel. (Although in Amsterdam, all the hotels claim to be at least three stars!) Breakfast was much too expensive at 17.50 Euros (that's about $30 Canadian Dollars, or $22 US Dollars!) I really think that breakfast should have been included. I mean, really, what does toast, coffee and jam cost? Do yourself a favor and eat breakfast elsewhere.
The hotel is located in an upscale, professional neighborhood, within walking distance of the Concertgebouw and Van Gogh Museum. It is too far to walk "downtown" to the train station, redlight district, shopping district, etc, so if you want to be where the action is, don't stay here or else you will have to rely on the tram. The hotel looks relatively "upscale" for Amsterdam, the rooms were modern, average sized, and clean. The bathroom was clean and modern. Toiletries were supplied, and the room made up everyday. This hotel impressed me in that it definitely was not as shabby as the majority of budget accomodations in Amsterdam.
Check-in was at 2:00 p.m. in the afternoon (14:00) but we arrived from the airport early in the morning. Since our room was ready, they let us check in way ahead of schedule, so I was very pleased (many hotels don't allow you to do that). The welcome greeting was friendly, and overall, I found most of the staff pleasant to deal with.
There are not many stores and restaurants in this area so we did have some drinks at the hotel lounge, which is nicely decorated and a great place to relax and chat (although they should get rid of the tv). One night we even ate dinner (pasta) in the lounge, which serves a small menu. It wasn't cheap, but it was convenient.
We had to check our e-mail and make reservations for later on in our trip, so we asked if there was internet access in or near the hotel. We were told there was a "Business Conference Centre" right beside the reception desk, and internet access was available for 12 Euros per hour. (They bill you for that amount no matter how long you actually use it!) The "Business Centre" was actually a tiny room with one chair, a computer that did access the internet, but with a printer that didn't work! If you are a business person who has serious or extensive business requirements, this hotel wouldn't meet your needs. (By the way, I later found you can get cheap internet access in Amsterdam at Easy Internet at Reguliersbreetraat 22 for about 1.50 Euros per hour, so we actually paid about 8 times what we needed to!)
In conclusion, I recommend this hotel, but not at full price. If you can get a good deal, and you don't mind (or actually enjoy) the quiet and fairly distant location, you should be pleased with the classy facilities. Don't plan on eating there, but do have a quiet, relaxing hot chocolate or cocktail in the lounge. This is a hotel for adults, not really for young backpackers on a budget or those looking for more action in the heart of the city.
Unbelievable... in all the wrong ways!
If you want to actually choose where you stay in Amsterdam, don't book
the Gresham.My fianc? and I booked a romantic Valentine's weekend away
about a month in advance and were very excited about our stay. The
hotel looked nice and we were pleased that we'd secured our room at a
good rate.On arrival in Amsterdam at about 9pm on the Friday night, we
went straight to the hotel, only to be informed that it was fully
booked and that there was no room for us. How was this possible? we
asked. We had been in contact with the hotel via email about a week
before our break and they hadn't mentioned that there were any problms.
The hotel staff made all sorts of excuses about computer crashes etc.
but they had all the details of our booking on paper there in front of
them. They knew only too well that they had double-booked our room.The
Gresham's only offering to us was a taxi to the local Novotel where
they'd booked us a room. Thanks very much, Gresham. Well, at least the staff at the Novotel were friendly and polite.
Very nice hotel
While being a little bit out of the way, the Gresham Memphis is an excellent choice. Located on a main street, is very quiet at night and a tram stop is 100 ft from the front door. They rent bikes for 10EU/day (the only way to tour the canal district) and have a good shuttle service to the airport. Breakfast is expensive and somewhat marginal, suggest going to the Albert Heijn in the Museum park on the way back to the hotel. There is a mini bar fridge so you can store what you bought.
The hotel is within long walking distance of the Concert Hall and Vondel Park. Anything else, use the tram or a bike. They offer very good specials. I got a huge room with two twin beds for 70EU/night.
Bathrooms are big as well.
This is a great place to stay while visiting Amsterdam. Although it is within close walking distance of major sights like the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh musem and the Conzertgebouw, the hotel itself is in a very nice, quiet neighborhood. This is a plus if you don't necessarily want to be in the middle of Amsterdam's busy 24-hr street life! Rooms are nicely furnished with very modern bathrooms. The staff was extremely pleasant and there is also an excellent breakfast buffet offered in the morning.
Overall this is a convenient and pleasant place that offers the best of both worlds - proximity to sights without overwhelming hustle and bustle.
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